Single Review: Heavy Hearts - "Safe Bet"
There was a time in the late 1990’s, just after punk broke into the mainstream and before the screamo explosion of the early 2000’s, that music blended a post-punk sound with alternative rock and touches of emo to give us powerful, heartfelt music. Canadian based Heavy Hearts would have fit perfectly amongst those bands, but refreshingly slides into today’s modern era by offering something different in comparison by pulling heavy influence from the familiarity of the past. With a new album due out later this year, the group teases things to come with their new single “Safe Bet.” The slower paced song perfectly uses its instrumentation to enhance the mood of the emotionally charged lyrics, while the lead vocals of Justin Glatt conveys the pain of them as he sings you through his pining of the one that got away (presumably a best friend who he’s never told how he felt); “we were younger, I was better,” “when we were locked in the basement every night, it didn’t matter if we fell asleep,” etc. The chorus hits the song with a powerful boost as he battles his own self-esteem through lines such as “I can see myself turning into a burden,” and continues into the second verse when he faces the harsh realization that she’s gone and tries to cope with it, “if you’d be warmer laying in his bed, I hope that he treats you well.” Though the band themselves have said that this is the closest thing they’ve ever had to a love song, “Safe Bet” is so much more than that! This is a song that explores the depths of why being honest with your feelings is so important and how not taking the chance on something (or someone) can affect your mental health. Perhaps, most importantly though, “Safe Bet” does the trick to making our anticipation of the forthcoming album that much greater; especially when the band has said that this song is part of a bigger story when connected with another song that will be on the album.